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ESPN releases its Sunday Night Baseball schedule

Jan 15, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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ESPN has just released its Sunday Night Baseball schedule for the first half of the season. It goes down like this:

March 31: Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
April 7: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
April 14: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
April 21: St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
April 28: Atlanta Braves at Detroit Tigers
May 5: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
May 12: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox
May 19: Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers
May 26: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
July 14: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
July 21: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

With only 11 games — and with the obvious ratings maximization incentives in play — one cannot expect every team to be featured on Sunday night. But it is notable that the Nationals don’t have a first half game.

But it’s 2013. If you really want to see your team, there are a lot of ways to see your team. At least if you’re not subject to a 1965-era blackout restriction.

  1. bayarea510 - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Dodgers vs the Giants on Cinco De Mayo? What could possibly go wrong?

  2. joerymi - Jan 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    5 of the games aren’t YANKEES/SAUX??

    Is this really ESPN?

  3. prettytoney1 - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    No Toronto Blue Jays really….

    • joerymi - Jan 15, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Apparently a horrid team moving to the AL is more interesting to ESPN.

    • Steve A - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:51 AM

      The Blue Jays won’t make Sunday Night Baseball on a regular basis until they start winning on a regular basis. Even that doesn’t guarantee an appearance. I remember the Tigers only getting one game scheduled before the season last year after their division win in 2011. Yes, they did get flexed into a couple more games, but winning the division the year before didn’t do much for ESPN, apparently.

  4. johnnyb1976 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    No Cincinnati Reds? Cubs & Cardinals is a joke of a game and two jokes for teams.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Success breeds jealousy Johnny. Let it go. It isn’t healthy.
      Thanks for the valuable contributions you make to hardball talk though.

  5. coachbeck - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Lol No Reds what a joke.

    Well ESPN doesn’t want the best I guess lol
    If its gonna be like this then. It should be Yankees and Dodgers alternating

  6. whodeytn - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    What an awful schedule as usual

  7. tedster326 - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Easter in Houston? My egg nog is going to spoil!

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